If you’ve seen my Pinterest, you might know that I love typography and I love a good quote, so for a while I’ve been wanting to make my own DIY Quote Banner. You also may have noticed that I have a thing about metallics, so it had to be gold!
This DIY involves no sewing machine, therefore anyone can have a go! Here’s what you’ll need:
Fabric (at least 500mm x 350mm)
Gold Transfer Paper
Dowel (350mm long)
Rope or Ribbon
Tracing or Baking Paper
Quote Template (click here if you want to use mine)
Firstly, create your quote template or use the one I did. I’ve also included a diagram of the banner to make it a bit easier to understand, so refer back to it for the measurements and the points I will explain later, if you need to.
The banner I made measures 300mm x 450mm when finished, but you need to add on a ‘seam allowance’ to stop the edges fraying and to make a loop for your piece of dowel to feed through in order to hang your banner up.
I added a 20mm seam allowance on each side as well as 40mm at the top for the loop.
Measure out the rectangule on your piece of fabric using your tape measure and use a pencil to mark it all out. I used the edge of my cutting mat to make sure the edges were straight. Then cut it out and iron it flat.
Now for the diagram: Point 1: Mark out your 20mm seam allowance on each side of the rectangle, fold it over and iron all the way down the fold to make a crease.
Sandwich your wonder webb in-between the fold and iron on top of the fabric to make it stick together. (This needs a quite a bit of heat and pressure.) Repeat on the other side.
Point 2: Measure out 135mm from the bottom and 150mm in and mark it with your pencil. Fold it over to make your triangular bottom of the banner and iron the folds again to make them stay. Sandwich the wonder webb between the fabric and iron on the top to stick the triangular pieces down like in the previous step.
Point 3: measure out your 40mm seam allowance from the top and fold over. Iron the fold as before, but this time, when you sandwich the wonder webb, make sure you leave enough room for your dowel to get through the loop. Iron the wonder webb to stick the loop down.
Cut out your letters: drawing or printing straight onto the transfer paper is a bit tricky as the surface is shiny, so I cut out a template first and then carefully drew on the transfer paper and then cut it out. (It is a bit time consuming, but it will be worth it! Also make sure you read the instructions on the paper first, so you know which way up the paper goes.)
Once you’ve cut out your quote, carefully place it where you want it on your banner, with the shiny peelable side up. Usually I would use tracing paper, but in this case baking paper had to do! Put your tracing or baking paper carefully over your quote and iron it down. This may also take a bit of heat and pressure depending on your fabric. Once it has stuck to the banner, peel off the shiny top sticker off your letters to reveal your metallic quote underneath.
Feed your dowel through the loop and tie your ribbon or rope on either side of the dowel that should be sticking out on each side. Hang your banner up and marvel at your DIY skills! ;-)
I really hope you enjoyed this DIY and it wasn’t too complicated. Let me know what you think and if you try it out, I would love to see!
Until next time…